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Beauvechain 2006
 
F-16AM Fighting Falcon - Belgian Defence - Air Component   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - Belgian Defence - Air Component   A-109BA Hirundo - H27 - Wing Heli - Belgian Defence - Air Component   A-109BA Hirundo - H45 - Wing Heli - Belgian Defence - Air Component
 
C-130H Hercules - CH-05 - 15 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component      
 
Turkish Pilot - Turkish Air Force

Belgium Defence days 2006

Words and photographs Remco Donselaar

On September 2nd and 3rd, 2006 Beauvechain Airbase hosted the 5th Belgium Defence days. These days are organised by the different Belgium Armed Forces to show the people their material, tasks and coorporation. It's also an opportunity to recruit young people.

Beauvechain is one of the largest Airbases in Belgium and is situated south east of Brussels. The 1st Wing is based here and consist of the 5th Smaldeel, wich is equipped with the Marchetti for the basic flying training; and the 7th Smaldeel who  operates the Fouga Magister.

The show was devided in a morning and afternoon programme and started with a flypast of six Belgium Alpha Jets. The morning flying programme was not very spectaculair, but did show the only sunshine of the whole weekend. During the displays of the Dakota and Harvard, wich represented the celebration of 60 years Belgium Air Force, I was transferred to a nice spot close to the runway. Therefore I also unfortunally missed the Fouga dual display. For the afternoon displays however this was a very good spot.

The afternoon started with a joint demo of the Air and Land component. Two F-16's gave Close Air Support (CAS) while two Hercules transport aircraft unloaded some ground troops. Later in the demonstration a MEDEVAC was showed by an A-109. 

Other demostrations came from two display teams; Patrulla Aquila and Patrouille de France. A special attraction was a race over 1000 meters between a motor, Dodge Viper and the Solo Display F-16. The F-16 won the race in 17 seconds! Paul Rorrive showed once again his ultra low take off in the Fouga Magister.

Stars of the static show were two Turkish Phantoms with their crew. They treated dry apricots to the public! Other nice participants were 2 Portuguese Epsilons. The local museum showed some exhibits like a Mirage 5 and a restored Starfighter. The Belgium Armed forces succeeded in presenting the public a diverse show, too bad the weather wouldn't cooperate.

The author would like to thank the Public Affairs of Beauvechain Airbase for their hospitality during the day.

 
A-109BA Hirundo - H05 - Wing Heli - Belgian Defence - Air Component   A-109BA Hirundo - H05 - Wing Heli - Belgian Defence - Air Component     C-130H Hercules - CH-10 - 15 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component
 
LanceR C - 6607 - 712 Escadrila - Romanian Air Force
 
Alpha Jet 1B+ - AT10 - 1 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component   Mirage 5BR (withdrawn) - BR10 - Belgian Defence - Air Component   F-104G Starfighter - FX47 - Belgian Defence - Air Component   SF260M Marchetti - ST-23 - 1 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component
 
SF260M+ Marchetti - ST-25 - 1 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component   Fouga CM-170 Magister (withdrawn) - MT35 - Belgian Defence - Air Component   PC-7 Turbo Trainer - 3H-FG - Fliegerschule - Austrian Air Force   TB30 Epsilon - 11403 - Esquadra 101 - Portuguese Air Force
 
Griffin HT1 - ZJ242/E - 60 (Reserve) Squadron - Royal Air Force   F-4E Phantom II - 68-0350 - 132 Filo - Turkish Air Force   F-16D Fighting Falcon - 081 - 347 Mira - Hellenic Air Force   F-16BM Fighting Falcon - 711 - 331 Skvadron - Norwegian Air Force
 
Fouga CM-170 Magister (withdrawn) - MT48 - Belgian Defence - Air Component
 
Alpha Jet 1B+ - AT23 - 1 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component   Alpha Jet 1B+ - 1 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA135 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component   Fouga CM-170 Magister (withdrawn) - MT48 - Belgian Defence - Air Component
 
Lockheed T-33 Silver Star Mk3 - G-TBRD (w/o 06-09-2006) - Golden Apple Operations Ltd. - United Kingdom   Lockheed T-33 Silver Star Mk3 - G-TBRD (w/o 06-09-2006) - Golden Apple Operations Ltd. - United Kingdom   Alpha Jet E - E72/314-LA - EAC 00.314 - French Air Force   Alpha Jet E - E72/314-LA - EAC 00.314 - French Air Force
 
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress - F-AZDX - Association Forteresse Toujours Volante - France   Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress - F-AZDX - Association Forteresse Toujours Volante - France   Zlin-42 - D-EWMD - Black Birds   Supermarine Spitfire FR Mk XVIII - G-BUOS - Historic Flying Ltd. - United Kingdom
 
F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA131 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component
 
F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA131 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA131 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component   PC-7 Turbo Trainer - L-01 - 131 Squadron - Royal Netherlands Air Force   PC-7 Turbo Trainer - L-01 - 131 Squadron - Royal Netherlands Air Force
 
ERJ145LR - CE-04 - 15 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component   ERJ145LR - CE-04 - 15 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component   SA341F Gazelle - 1388/BDK - EAALAT - French Army   SA341F Gazelle - 1388/BDK - EAALAT - French Army
 
C-101EB Aviojet - E.25-06/79-06 - Patrulla Aguila - Spanish Air Force   C-101EB Aviojet - Patrulla Aguila - Spanish Air Force   Mirage 2000C - 17/5-OZ - EC 02.005 - French Air Force   Mirage 2000C - 17/5-OZ - EC 02.005 - French Air Force
 
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